A link to my written piece on Kennedy Meeks. Thanks to Raptors Republic for having me.
After a lovely siesta in Barcelona, we’re back to dive into some more game tape. Coming into Saturday’s contest against the Mad Ants of Fort Wayne, Kennedy Meeks was putting up very respectable averages of 11.6 points on 45.9 FG%, to go with 8.5 boards – 3.6 on the offensive glass, which is where we begin our analysis.
The conventional wisdom states that defence and offensive rebounding are all, or at least mostly, about effort. While “trying” is certainly a part of it, there’s skill to creating extra possessions off missed shots, and Meeks has it.
Continue reading “Kennedy Meeks Revisited”
Undrafted free agent Kennedy Meeks seems the prototype for NBA players being phased out of the game – lumbering, over-sized power forward, undersized centre (6’9, 277 pounds) without a reliable three point shot (he didn’t make a single three at North Carolina).
I imagine Masai Ujiri was intrigued by the post game and touch around the rim (shot 56% in his senior year at UNC), and his Herculean effort on the glass in the Final Four and National Championship Game, where he grabbed a combined 12 offensive rebounds. I’d like to figure out what the Raptors saw in a seemingly massive project.
Continue reading “Who is Kennedy Meeks in the NBA?”
After playing seven minutes in Atlanta for the Toronto Raptors Saturday night, Alfonzo McKinnie arrived in Mississauga just in time to dominate on Sunday. It was the first time McKinnie has looked “better” than the G-League.
Continue reading “McKinnie’s got NBA Stuff! My on-site report and more film study”
On Monday Alfonzo McKinnie contradicted some of what I saw two days earlier. Still no conclusions to be drawn, but it now seems clearer which aspects of McKinnie’s game I need to focus on to make an informed evaluation. Let’s take a look at a bunch of clips to help get there.
Continue reading “Alfonzo McKinnie – Diving into the Tape vs Greensboro”
Check the blog above for a deep dive into the tape of last Monday’s game against the Greensboro Swarm.
With Lorenzo Brown joining the Big Raptors, we shift our focus to 6’8 forward Alfonzo McKinnie. McKinnie went undrafted in 2015, then spent a year with the East Side Pirates in Luxembourg. After that, he PAID $150 to try out for the Windy City Bulls of the G-League.
You might say the investment paid off.
Continue reading “Raptors 905 Scouting Report – Alfonzo McKinnie”
With confirmation bias in full effect, I watched Lorenzo Brown’s last two games with great interest. A summary of our previous findings:
-fluid ball handler who can score from anywhere on the floor
-makes his defender play at his pace, not having to speed up his game
-seems a capable passer, but takes undue risks leading to many turnovers
-drifts on defence to inefficient help spots, leading to his man getting open looks or easy blow-by’s on poor closeouts.
November 12 @ Westchester Knicks
This game would be a great test for Brown, as he was primarily matched up against Ron Baker, who played 52 games with the New York Knicks last season. As we gleaned from the home opener, Brown was not going to be intimidated.
Continue reading “Lorenzo Brown – mostly enticing, somewhat concerning”
Wednesday was Ring Night at the Hershey Centre, as the Raptors celebrated their 2017 championship season. But I was there to focus on their starting point guard – Lorenzo Brown.
You might assume a G-Leaguer entering his fifth professional season would force his game, desperately trying to escape the minor-league grind, but there was no one more relaxed on court than Brown.
To my loyal dozen of readers – I’m sure you were thrilled when I resurrected the ol’ blog after two full seasons of DNP-rest. We’ll see how often I feel like chiming in on the Raptors Road to the 2nd Round Exit, but full disclosure, I brought the blog back because I’m going to be covering the Road to the Six. If you aren’t familiar with the reference, it’s the Raptors 905 slogan.
The big club’s G-League (formerly D-League) affiliate is starved for attention. Did you know they won the championship last season? Did you know Bruno Caboclo won Finals MVP?
Pro athletes trying to make the top leagues of their respective sports invariably have interesting backgrounds. Rather than just report on the results of the games, I’d like to tell the players’ stories.